Attorney: Maine West officials knew about hazing
Allegations of sexual assault and sodomy on freshman sports teams is growing at Maine West High School in northwest suburban Des Plaines.
Last week one former student filed a law suit claiming fellow soccer players attacked and sodomized him as a freshman. Today, three more former student athletes joined that civil suit.
3 soccer players and one baseball player, all freshman, claim they were sexually assaulted by team mates as part of a hazing ritual. They are filling suit they say because the coaches and the school not only knew about it, but they allowed it. The school district now accused of covering it up.
A woman, disguised to protect her son’s identity, spoke at a news conference Wednesday and said in 200,8 her son was sodomized as a freshman. Fellow team mates on the baseball team attacked him, she says. She reported it to the school in a letter that year, then transferred her son elsewhere. She went to the principal on November 16th of 2012 when other stories of sexual assault by Maine West team mates surfaced at the school.
She says her son is scarred forever.
School officials say they contacted the appropriate agencies once they were made aware of the allegations. They also launched an internal investigation to identify those involved and take appropriate disciplinary action.
Michael Devencenzo, one of the Maine West Coaches as well as another coach Emilio Rodriguez have been reassigned with pay, according to the school. They are not teaching in the classroom until the school’s investigation is complete.